The Eastern Fells

Wainwright classified the Eastern fells as the mountains that are to the east of the A591, Ambleside to Keswick road, and to the East of the B5322 Threlkeld Road, but West of Ullswater. Of course, these divisions are arbitrary, but they work well in practice.

This area is easy to get to - the main A591 runs from Kendall right up to the North of Lakeland. This was Wainwright's first Pictorial Guide and its obvious why he chose this area - he had no car, so he picked the area easiest to get to.

It's a fine area, with Helvellyn being the tallest mountain and one of the most popular. As with many of the Lakeland fells, it offers easy access from one side (the West) and more challenging access from the other - with its famous Striding Edge and Swirral Edge routes.

Wainwright described the Helvellyn as the best mountain to view the sunrise from, as it is higher than all other fells in the area, so there is nothing to block the view. Obviously, that requires an overnight camp, but the summit is broad enough for that to be done safely.

I've listed below all of the fells that Wainwright classified as belonging to the Eastern Fells. Eventually, each fell will have its own page and photographs...

This is an area I have visited many times, but have few photographs of - most of the time I have been just passing through to Keswick, although Fornside Farm, at the foot of the Western slopes of Great Dodd is a fine place to stay.

The Tallest Fell


Helvellyn: 3117 feet.

The Shortest Fell


Arnison Crag: 1424 feet

Number of Fells above 2000 feet



The Eastern Fells - Fells with pages on this site

Height - 1579 ft

The Eastern Fells - List of all fells

Arnison Crag

Height - 1424 ft

Birkhouse Moor

Height - 2356 ft


Height - 2040 ft


Height - 2917 ft

Clough Head

Height - 2381 ft

Dollywaggon Pike

Height - 2815 ft

Dove Crag

Height - 2598 ft


Height - 2863 ft

Glenridding Dodd

Height - 1450 ft

Height - 1579 ft

Great Dodd

Height - 2812 ft

Great Mell Fell

Height - 1760 ft

Great Rigg

Height - 2513 ft

Hart Crag

Height - 2698 ft

Hart Side

Height - 2481 ft

Hartsop above How

Height - 1870 ft


Height - 3118 ft

Heron Pike

Height - 2008 ft

High Hartsop Dodd

Height - 1702 ft

High Pike

Height - 2155 ft

Little Hart Crag

Height - 2091 ft

Little Mell Fell

Height - 1657 ft

Low Pike

Height - 1667 ft

Middle Dodd

Height - 2146 ft

Nab Scar

Height - 1450 ft

Nethermost Pike

Height - 2920 ft


Height - 2897 ft

Red Screes

Height - 2546 ft

Seat Sandal

Height - 2415 ft

Sheffield Pike

Height - 2215 ft

St Sunday Crag

Height - 2759 ft

Stone Arthur

Height - 1652 ft

Stybarrow Dodd

Height - 2770 ft

Watson's Dodd

Height - 2589 ft

White Side

Height - 2832 ft